Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to take those workouts outside! Cycling is a great way to get fresh air, get in your cardio, and explore new roads. Here are some tips from indoor cycling instructor and triathlete Sarah Ann Kelly, to help you find the right bike for you (and your lifestyle)..
If you love to sweat and pick up the pace, you’ll want to invest in a road bike. A lighter frame and thinner wheels will help you whip around roads and stay ahead of the pack. Consider investing in biking shoes as well. They will help you pedal with optimum rotation and really work your hamstrings. Road bikes tend to be pricier, so check used bike shops and Craigslist first.
If you’re not interested in racing, consider getting a cruiser. They are less optimal for speed but great for taking in some scenery and sunshine. Cruisers are perfect for shorter distances and the heavier frame will really work your legs.
Check out mountain biking. Mountain bikes are equipped to absorb shocks and have thicker tires for handling rough roads. It is recommended that you wear some padding, as tough terrains can cause wipeouts. It’s worth it if you’re an adrenaline junkie!
If you are inspired by warmer weather and this is an option for you, try biking to work as alternative transportation. You’ll burn calories along the way and save on gas. Depending on your commute, you may want a road bike or hybrid. Hybrids are a bit sturdier than road bikes but still allow you to pick up some speed in case you’re running late!
For whatever bike option you choose, you will need a helmet, strong bike lock, and lights for the front and back of your bike. Always wear a helmet and obey traffic laws. Happy cycling!!
Fabletics Master, Sarah Ann Kelly